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Thousands Expected as Super STEM Saturday Returns

Build and launch a rocket, view the surface of the sun, or discover how chemistry is better than magic.  

These are just a few of the more than 60 hands-on, interactive activities and demonstrations that will engage thousands of attendees on Saturday, March 12 as the science festival Super STEM Saturday returns in person for the first time in three years.  

Held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cal State San Marcos, this rain-or-shine event is free and open to the public. Children of all ages are invited to attend.  

Super STEM Saturday will take place in person for the first time since 2019. The event was canceled in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and last year it was conducted as a virtual event.  

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, all of the exhibits will be staged outside. All attendees are strongly encouraged to follow the recommendation of San Diego County and the California Department of Public Health to be fully vaccinated and/or have a negative COVID test within two days before attending any large events or gatherings.  

“Jean-Jacques Rousseau once said, ‘We should not teach children the sciences, but give them a taste for them,' ” said Cameron Curry, executive director for the Classical Academies. “I am so pleased that we provide the community of North County a day and festival focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The culmination of educators, organizations and professionals working together allows us to inspire minds, ignite passions, and expose students and our community to what is possible with STEM.”

Held in partnership by the Classical Academies and CSUSM, Super STEM Saturday has grown into a popular North County event that draws thousands of science enthusiasts each year to the university campus.  

“What we take away from our childhood is really meaningful to what we decide to do as adults,” said Simon Kuo, vice president of corporate quality at Viasat, one of the lead sponsors of Super STEM Saturday. “That’s why we believe it’s really important to expose kids to science and technology so that it can help them better appreciate it and perhaps even choose a career in STEM.”

In addition to Viasat, the other title sponsors of Super STEM Saturday are Hologic and Thermo Fisher. The sponsors also include Cox Communications; General Atomics; Tri-City Medical Center; Kaiser Permanente; RBC Capital Markets; Erickson-Hall Construction; Young, Minney & Corr, LLP; Nordson; and Pacific Western Bank. 

For more details about Super STEM Saturday, visit www.csusm.edu/superstem.  

What: Super STEM Saturday, a free interactive science festival for all ages  

When: Saturday, March 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  

Where: Cal State San Marcos  

333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos  

Complimentary parking in Lot F